[ Eleuthera ] • Queen's Bath
The decision made to visit the island of Eleuthera recently was an investment in myself; one that will continuously pay dividends. The island’s name means freedom and its fitting. Here, I found my freedom from the realities of life, as I lost myself in a place seemingly unfazed by the ever-changing and ever-evolving world around it.
Eleuthera, like all other Out Islands, has been lost in time and this was to my and would be to your benefit. Take my word. I’m a native of the island. It’s rich with historical value and geographical wonders. One can’t mention natural wonders of Eleuthera without bringing up the Glass Window Bridge, or Glass Window as it’s known by locals. This is the narrowest point on earth at only 30 feet wide. It separates the raging waters of the Atlantic with the tranquil waters of the Exuma Sound (NOT CARIBBEAN SEA!) that The Bahamas has become renowned for, while also connecting the settlement of Upper Bogue to Gregory Town.
Another wonder, however, is the lesser known Queen’s Bath and is essentially Glass Window’s little sister. It’s less than a mile south of Glass Window in the settlement of Gregory Town and is found on the windward or Atlantic side of the island. Heading north, towards Glass Window, a dirt road will be on the right marked with a sign. If you’re heading south, the dirt road and sign would be on your left. Following this road dirt road up a hill will lead you to it. It would be best to wear water shoes or sneakers, because the area is very rocky and at times, some of the rocks are very jagged.
The Queen’s Bath is a group of natural pools formed after years of crashing waves carving into the rock. These same waves now fill the pools, never leaving them dry and are heated by the sun. This makes the water in the pools very comfortable. The waters are also as clear as gin and are paired perfectly with a strong drink. Near to the pools are caves that can also be explored.
Visiting the Queen’s Bath is only recommended at low tide or while the tide is going out. At high tide, strong currents can very easily turn this tranquil paradise into a nightmare. In addition to that, I wouldn’t recommended that you visit during periods of rough seas. A barrage of crashing waves into the pools makes the area very dangerous and visiting can be life threatening.